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Subject Policy Statement - COMPUTER SCIENCE


A. Purpose and Program Description

The Libraries seek to support research and curriculum in the Computer Sciences Department. The Collection supports the needs of the educational programmes offered by the Department, at both undergraduate and the postgraduate levels leading to the degree of BEng(CS), BSc(CSIS) and BEng(SE), the MSc(CS) and MSc(ECom & IComp) programme which are taught programmes based on coursework, and the research-based MPhil and PhD programmes. In co-operation with various Departments: Electrical Engineering, School of Business and Department of Biochemistry, the BEng(CE) and double degree BBA(IS)/BEng(CS) and the BSc(BIOINF) is offered respectively.

Research Focus
The Department is active in research and development in a variety of areas including Internet and e-commerce, databases, parallel and distributed computing, pattern recognition, algorithms and complexity, computer graphics, multimedia, software engineering, statistical computing, and legal aspects of computing.

Multi-disciplinary treatment of subjects
They are usually courses that are concerned with computational sciences, data mining, bioinformatics and information technology.

User Groups
Primary users are faculty members, undergraduates and postgraduates major in the subject. The collection also serves users from other Departments who work in collaboration and/or have study interests related to the subject e.g. Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Biochemistry, Physics, Mathematics and the Statistics and Actuarial Sciences Department.


B. General Selection Guidelines (See classed analysis-link to conspectus table)

Overall, the Libraries’ existing collection and acquisitions commitment, based upon available resources, and its collection goal for the subject areas are at the Research level.


C. Specific Delimitations

  1. Formats collected: Extensive variety of formats are collected. We collect monographs, annuals, reference tools, scholarly series, periodicals, CD-ROMs and other electronic tools, and videocassettes extensively ; textbooks and dissertations (other than HKU dissertations), selectively; print copy of first party software manuals are not collected.
  2. Imprint Dates Collected: We collect current publications extensively. Books with imprints four year or before are not purchased.
  3. Chronological Focus: Contemporary. No limit to coverage in terms of intellectual content but emphasis is on collecting most recent materials.
  4. Languages Collected: We collect English language materials extensively and non-English language materials selectively, with translations into English are preferred.
  5. Place of Publication: We collect extensively materials from North American, European and United Kingdom and other materials selectively.